10 Things to See and Do in Tenerife
Millions of people visit Tenerife every year, and for more reasons than one. Full of stunning landscapes and a diverse selection of landmarks, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands is a destination where the phrase boredom, simply isn’t possible. From Mountains, to Golf, Zoos, Parks, Villages, Exploring and Sunset Tours, you will never run out of things to do and see in Tenerife Spain.
Feel on top of the world on Mt. Teide. A UNESCO World Heritage site that more than three million people visit yearly is on Spain’s highest peak at 12,198 feet above sea level. To get there, you’ll take a three- hour hike along Teide’s winding trails, which lead you to Altavista, located at a height of 10,728 feet. After a restful night’s sleep, you’ll have an hour hike remaining before you reach the summit. If hiking isn’t up your alley- you can always take the cable car, which runs every day. When you make it to the top, the view is unlike any other- it leaves you surrounded by the entire landscape of Tenerife.
Looking for the perfect attraction for the whole family? Loro Parque is just that. Not only is it a stunning wildlife park and aquarium, but is also regarded by some as the best zoo in Europe. In fact, it’s even ranked #1 of things to in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife by Trip Advisor. See dolphins perform right before your eyes, watch the Orcas show or stop by and say hi to the Penguins in their frozen habitat.
Some say that sunny weather is the key to happiness. Lucky for you, this resort town on the west coast of the Canary Island Tenerife has the sunniest hours on the island. And not to mention plenty to do. Soak up the sun by visiting some of the popular beaches in the area: Playa Los Guios, Crab Island, or El Laguillo or Club Oasis. If you’re feeling more adventurous, this is also the place to go dolphin and whale watching, fishing and diving.
Nestled in the Aguere Valley is one of the most historical cities of Tenerife- San Cristobal de La Laguna. Although it is widely considered to be the most beautiful town in Tenerife, it is a hidden gem and unknown by many of the island’s visitors. If you really want to experience all La Laguna has to offer with the locals, visit during Semana Santa (Holy Week) at Easter.
Sunset and Stars Experience
Experience all Teide has to offer at 12,198 feet during this unforgettable sunset and stargazing experience. As you watch the sky transform into different shades of red and pink, relax and sip on chilled wine from Altos de Tevejos, the local winery. Then, enjoy a Canarian dinner created by Michelin Star Chefs before you behold the stars and go on a journey to explore the night sky like never before.
Surrounded by mountains, seascapes and enhanced by its year round near-perfect climate, Tenerife is a golfer’s paradise. With nine courses sprinkled across the island, there’s something for every taste and skill level. And while each course offers different degree of challenges, all feature spectacular ocean views. Some of are favorites are The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Golf del Sur, Buenavista and Real Club de Golf.
Located on the greenest part of northeastern Tenerife, these mountains are both rugged and beautiful. Filled with impressive peaks and ravines without a cloud in sight, the view is unlike no other.
Village of Masca
Don’t let its small size fool you. The tiny mountain village Masca is one of the most striking parts on the Island of Tenerife. Located in the northwest at the foot of the Teno Mountains, it is known as the famous “hidden village” and is a must-see for sightseers. With rocky ravines and foliage and flora, the beautiful town is the perfect spot to take a photo-shoot.
Cobbled stones, beautiful Churches and a Canarian vibe is not all that Garachico has to offer. What you really need to see is along “El Caleton”, where you will find the famous natural salt-water lava formed pools, great for the whole family. The ponds vary in depth and shape, have a lifeguard in the summer, restaurant set on the lava, parking facilities and a beach nearby. Need we say more?
Siam Park is one of the biggest and best waterparks in Europe for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Set in a Thai-themed paradise, the lush, green and tranquil environment makes it great for any ages to enjoy. Thrilling rides like the Tower of Power, The Dragon, and the Mekong Rapids will set your heart racing. If you’re in the mood to relax, visit the bars or restaurants on the white sandy beach.